Our Chardonnay grows next to the resevoir, along our shady tree line which provides a break from our intense Spring Mountain heat. There are not very many Chardonnays grown here in our district, as it is not the most profitable of grapes. But when you are still family operated, you can do whatever you like…and we like Chardonnay! Our style is very fresh, crisp, and showcases the minerality of its terroir – a perfect pairing for food, or a warm summer day.
Vintages Available : 2016
Current Release: 2016 Chardonnay
VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 100% Chardonnay
AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 18–32 year old vines planted in deep volcanic
soils at a 2000’ elevation.
DATE PICKED 9/17/16
AVERAGE HARVEST SUGAR: 24.7 degrees Brix
FERMENTATION TIME/TEMPERATURE RANGE: 32 days, 48‐62oF.
FERMENTATION CONTAINER/AGING: Barrel fermented, 20% new French oak, 40% one to three year old French Oak, and 40% stainless steel.. No malolactic fermentation. Aged surlies for 4 months, stirred by hand twice a week.
ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING:
Alcohol: 13.9% pH: 3.62 TA: 6.5 g/L V.A.: 0.22 g/L R.S: Dry
BOTTLED: May 2017
CASES PRODUCED: 975 cases
WINEMAKER: Andrew T. Schweiger
VINTAGE AND WINEMAKER’S NOTES: We strive to strike a balance between fruitiness and complexity in our wines in order to always express the fruit of our vineyard first. Why work hard in the vineyard only to mask the true beauty with cellar practices?
The unique Spring Mountain District produces Chardonnay fruit unlike anywhere else in the Napa Valley because of the elevation and terroir. Our Estate Chardonnay is a rich, yet fresh wine. Aromas of peach, lemongrass, kafir lime, and wet slate are transformed into lush, palate‐coating sips that nod to its bright fruit and toasty oak, with a delightfully lingering finish. We artfully ferment in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels in which melds its crisp fruit, creamy mouthfeel, and old world minerality into a beautifully balanced wine.
The true nature of Spring Mountain Chardonnay comes through in the mineral character, which is more reminiscent of a classic Mersault than your typical California Chardonnay. This wine is best served between 58F and 65F.